A Beginner's Guide To Skincare: 4 Must-Have Steps

Among the many uncertainties in the world, one thing is for certain – taking the time to indulge in self-care should not be considered a luxury.

Never underestimate the power of a great skincare routine. Not only would it allow you to start and end your day on a positive note, but an effective routine also helps keep your skin looking its best. Who doesn’t love a youthful, healthy glow? However, it is the undeniable truth that skincare can sometimes feel overwhelming. Given the recent boom of the skincare industry, which has led to a surge of products flooding the market, deciding on what skincare products to invest in can be a challenge, especially for a beginner. Don’t worry – that’s where we come in. An effective facial skincare routine can very simply be just 4 steps!

Step 1: Cleanse
Cleansing is the first and most crucial step of any skincare routine. Ideally, the general rule of thumb is to cleanse your face twice daily – once in the morning and once in the evening. Cleansers help to remove dust, pollutants, excess oil, sweat, and other debris from the skin. If these impurities stay on the skin, they can clog your pores and cause breakouts.

To cleanse, simply spot your face and neck with your cleansing lotion or cream of choice and gently massage the product into your skin in an upward motion. Rinse off with lukewarm water and use a soft facial tissue or cotton wool to pat your face dry (it is vital to not rub!). We recommend incorporating a water-based cleanser, like VANILLA’s Combination Moisture Milk Cleanser, into your routine. This gentle milk cleanser thoroughly cleanses without stripping the skin of its moisture – in fact, it helps to hydrate and create soft, supple skin.

Step 2: Tone
Next, use a toner. Toners are used to remove the top layer of dead cells from the skin’s surface and restore the skin’s pH levels in order to maintain a healthy skin barrier. It also aids in the absorption of all subsequent products.

Toner is an entirely optional step in your skincare routine. If you do not fancy incorporating it into your daily routine, you can opt to only apply it when you feel like your face really needs it. If you are looking for a hydrating toning lotion, consider getting VANILLA’s Moisture Perfect Toner.

Step 3: Exfoliate
Simply put, exfoliating is the process of eliminating dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. By removing dry and dull skin that accumulates on the face, exfoliators help to unclog pores and allow the skin to better absorb the products you apply to it. Moreover, exfoliating promotes blood circulation, which aids in collagen production, so your skin ends up looking much healthier, smoother and brighter!

However, it is important to note that exfoliation should not be a part of your daily skincare routine. Instead, you should only exfoliate your skin once or twice a week, depending on your skin type and tolerance. This is because excess exfoliation can irritate the skin and potentially do more harm than good.

For an effective yet gentle exfoliator, you may consider VANILLA’s Ultra Clear Exfoliator. Formulated with 100% natural fine bamboo powder, this exfoliator helps to improve the appearance, tone and texture of the skin.

Step 4: Moisturise
Conclude your 4-step easy skincare routine by layering on a moisturiser (or moisturising product) for hydration. A moisturiser helps to create a barrier between your skin and the environment. In Singapore’s humidity, moisturising is vital to reduce the development of dry skin (or to revive your skin from dryness).

There is a common misconception that you should not moisturise if you have oily or combination skin. In reality, skipping this step can drive your skin to produce even more oil, which can result in breakouts and clogged pores.

We recommend VANILLA’s Blanc Expert Cream for a Vitamin E rich cream that lifts the face while locking in moisture. Alternatively, if you have sensitive skin, VANILLA’s Comfort Cream is perfect to delicately soothe and hydrate dehydrated or irritated skin.

As with many things in life, when it comes to skincare, consistency is key. Sticking to your skincare routine diligently every day (both morning and night) is the secret to achieving phenomenal results. With these 4 basic steps, facial skincare can be fuss-free, easy and effective.

To learn more about the importance of quality facial treatments and products, consider making an appointment with a skin beauty salon in Singapore like VANILLA Taste Of Beauty.

Here at VANILLA Taste Of Beauty, we are a reputable facial salon in Singapore specialising in face and body treatments. We are honoured to have been awarded the Singapore Promising Brand Award in 2005, and are committed to providing high-quality products and services for our clients.

Browse through our Basic Care product collection here for effective skincare products to incorporate into your daily routine. Additionally, feel free to drop us a message on WhatsApp at +65 8699 3642 for further enquiries and we would be happy to assist you.